Thursday, May 19, 2011
Happy Thursday! I contemplated a mental health day, but resisted the temptation. Here is another iPad posting. Some of the kids have a great deal of difficulty giving and following directions using positional words (prepositions). A great way to teach both is through barrier tasks. One child has a drawing, the other has something to draw on and the drawing child can not see what the other child is holding. In this case, we let the drawing child use the iPad (Doodle Buddy) as the medium.
This activity goes as follows:
I draw a shape on a piece of paper. Child A holds the paper and says "Draw a rectangle"
Child B hopefully draws a rectangle using her finger on the iPad screen. Child B can not see what Child A has on the paper, but Child A can see the iPad, and verbally helps to correct any mistakes.
I add another item to the paper drawing. Child A then says "Draw an x"
Child B hopefully asks for clarification by saying 'where?'
Child A would then clarify by saying "the x is over the rectangle"
Child B hopefully would then draw the x in the correct position.....
The activity goes on for several more turns and then the children switch jobs. My role is in eliciting the correct words, modeling language, cuing when appropriate, and then asking questions to each about the final drawing and where items are placed. I have goals in mind for target vocabulary, and can expand into kindergarten curriculum words such as '1st, 2nd, last, more, less, tall, short, wide, between'---all of which are used during the math part of the day. We can also work on 2 step directions, and sequencing letters for spelling. I read a recent blog on Therapy App 411 about Doodle Buddy which described its versatility perfectly. Check it out!
The iPad adds to this activity by making things more fun. The kids can pick the colors with which to draw, and for some kids, it's easier to draw using a finger rather than chalk or a pencil. The technology aspect always helps to hold attention! We all love our iPad!!